Janet Was Reportedly Blackballed Post Super Bowl Nip Slip By CBS Exec
Sep 10 2018
CBS boss Les Moonves sought to undermine Janet Jackson's career after the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" incident at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, according to a HuffPostreport. Timberlake, the man who ripped Jackson's shirt to begin with. CBS and MTV (a subsidiary of Viacom, the parent company of CBS at the time), produced the show and were blasted for the malfunction and fined $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission.
Timberlake was allowed to perform after tearfully apologizing - but Jackson wasn't almost as contrite, fueling Moonves' animosity toward her.
The CBS CEO is reportedly one to hold grudges - often for years.
HuffPost's Yashar Ali reports that Jackson's wardrobe malfunction - during which Timberlake tore a piece of fabric off her shirt, exposing her breast for less than a second - angered Moonves beyond belief.
Both the singers said the tear was unintentional but Moonves reportedly would not let it go - who thought the Jackson and Timberlake deliberately wanted to stir up controversy.
Though JT pulled her breast out, Jackson took all the blame and apparently, her apology did not match up to that of Timberlake's.
Another point of contention in the entire controversy was the discriminatory treatment between the two artists involved.
Things got even more out of hand when Moonves reportedly found out that Simon & Schuster were releasing Jackson's book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. A source recalls that Moonves asked at the time, "How the fuck did she slip through?"
Timberlake apparently "tearfully apologized" after being banned from the 2004 Grammys broadcast (he was subsequently allowed to perform after apologizing), and Moonves expected a similar apology from Jackson that he never received. "CBS insiders who spoke to me felt strongly that Moonves played a large part in how Jackson was perceived by the public". However, Moonves wasn't satisfied with this explanation, and he reportedly spent the next decade undercutting Jackson - a spiteful reaction that significantly damaged the female pop singer's career.